American Audio Introduces VMS2 MIDI Work Station
When it hit the market last year, American Audio’s VMS4 MIDI controller was hailed by many as “the ultimate DJ tool” for its total versatility in adapting to the way today’s DJs play – whether using a computer for digital DJing, a traditional analogue mixer, or some of both. Now American Audio is building on the success of this MIDI machine with the addition of a new model to the VMS Series – the VMS2.
The VMS2 is a compact, highly affordable, 2-channel version of the popular VMS4 that comes bundled with an updated edition of the Virtual DJ LE software. Like the original, the new unit features MIDILOG™ channels (in this case 2 channels) that are compatible with both MIDI software and analogue inputs such as CD players or turntables, giving DJs total flexibility to move freely between the digital and analogue worlds. Also, like its larger cousin, the VMS2 can be used with either a PC or Mac, making it one of the most adaptable pieces of gear on the planet!
The VMS2 also offers more features and a higher level of performance than other units in its price range. For starters, it contains American Audio’s exclusive “D-Core” Audio Engine, which provides professional studio quality sound and very high output. It also features balanced XLR outputs, a combo XLR / ¼” mic input, and a built-in 4 In / 4 Out Sound Card. Additionally, like the original model, the VMS2 can be used with an Innofader replacement crossfader (sold separately), an option that puts it in a class with the very top pro gear on the market.
And of course, the VMS2 comes bundled with popular, easy-to-use Virtual DJ LE software, adding to its value and allowing users to start digital DJing right out of the box. The new, updated version of Virtual DJ LE contained in this package offers added features such as Smart Scratch and Clone, which will further enhance your performance. Those who prefer to use other DJ software programs will be happy to know that the VMS2 can accommodate those too - after all, one of the things the “V” in its name stands for is “versatility.”
Other features on the VMS2 include: adjustable crossfader curve, 3-band EQ with rotary kills, Booth and Master RCA Outputs and 39 MIDI buttons with LED illumination. Plus, it features 34 assignable rotary controllers, 10 assignable linear fader controllers, and dual 2048 point resolution touch-sensitive turntable scratch controllers.
In addition to being designed for the way they play, the VMS2 was built for the way today’s DJs travel. Its heavy-duty industrial grade steel construction can withstand the knocks, bumps and other punishment that gear takes on the road. As an added convenience, rack rails are included for mounting the unit to a 19-inch rack mount case.
Another feature that makes the VMS2 such a great traveling companion is its compact, easily-portable size. It measures a trim 400 x 300 x 65mm and weighs only 5kg.